• In honor of Memorial Day, some people in the US are enjoying a long weekend.
• Business Insider reached out to some experts on how to set yourself up for success when you have an extra day off.
• Their suggestions focused on prioritizing tasks, setting technology guidelines, and spending time with loved ones.
Memorial Day is here, and that could mean you have an extra day off to add to your normal weekend.
But how should you spend your long weekend?
If you’re not sure how to make the most of the next few days, we’ve got some ideas.
In addition to reflecting on the sacrifice of those who lost their lives while serving in America’s military, here are 17 things successful people can do before and over long weekends:
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Many successful people plan out their activities for the holiday weekend well in advance so that they are not drawn into the temptation of working, said Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “The Humor Advantage.” They make reservations, book tee times, or schedule activities with their kids.
“They’re strategic enough to have an action plan for the three-day weekend, but flexible enough to tackle any urgent work issues that may arise,” said Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job.”
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“Most of what they do happens before they leave for a long weekend so that they are psychologically free to relax and enjoy it,” Kerr said.
This includes saying proper goodbyes to colleagues, cleaning up their office, finishing any pressing tasks, and creating a clear plan of action for when they return to the office so they can hit the ground running.
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Successful people set email and phone rules for themselves and the people they work with, so that people understand when, if at all, they will be available to respond or pick up.
“This can communicate to employees how critical it is for everyone to take a complete break, and that any and all work can wait,” Kerr said. “Although employees may assume this, they often need to hear it from their leader to be able to completely relax over a long weekend.”
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